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The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Humana Inc. to offer a health benefits program for chamber members.
The program is available to businesses that have as few as a single employee or as many as 99, and includes drug, dental, vision, wellness, employee assistance programs and life insurance coverage. Continue Reading Chamber offers health insurance options for small businesses

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Babies top reasons for hospital stays

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Newborn babies were the most common reason for a stay in a Colorado hospital during 2007.
The Colorado Hospital Association produces an annual report based on charges, lengths of stay and reasons for hospitalization for each hospital in the state.
Last year about 143,000 patients were expectant or new mothers and babies receiving care for conditions related to childbirth, pregnancy, normal newborns or newborns with complications. Continue Reading Babies top reasons for hospital stays

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Medicaid costs expected to double

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Medicaid spending will double in a decade, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Medicaid is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States. The study projects Medicaid spending growth will average about 7.9 percent from 2007 to 2017. However, the report does not consider the current economy, and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said government expenses could be higher. Continue Reading Medicaid costs expected to double

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While every county in Colorado has double-digit percentages of uninsured, figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that rural counties fare far worse than their urban counterparts.
The numbers show that Saguache County, with 37.8 percent uninsured, and San Juan, with 37.6 percent, lead the state. El Paso County’s uninsured rate is 17 percent, or 86,827 people. Continue Reading Colorado’s rural counties have highest percentage of uninsured

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The Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program will receive more than $10,000 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for “outstanding achievement.”
The program provides Medicare beneficiaries with counseling and benefits information, including help answering questions related to Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicare Advantage, prescription coverage and low-income assistance. Continue Reading Health Insurance Assistance Program receives CMS award

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Save money during open enrollment

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Health care costs continue to outpace inflation and pay raises, but people who take time to do their homework, weigh their choices and make smart decisions will be able to make their benefit dollars stretch farther next year.
That’s the advice from Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing company. The company’s research shows that workers will continue to pay more of their own money for benefits during 2009. Continue Reading Save money during open enrollment

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The National Institutes of Health is establishing a multi-site research network to conduct clinical trials for common menopausal symptoms.
The initiative, the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health, is being led by the National Institute on Aging in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Research on Women’s Health. Continue Reading Research network will focus on menopausal symptom treatment

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Employers encourage workers

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People have been traveling abroad for medical treatment for at least a decade, but there’s a new twist.
Employers have started encouraging workers to travel within the United States for medical treatment, taking advantage of geographical variations in the quality and cost of domestic health care. Others are leveraging deals they’ve struck with foreign hospitals to secure better rates with U.S. hospitals that want to keep patients in the country. Continue Reading Employers encourage workers

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Children facing increased risk of drug poisoning

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Nearly 9,500 children are accidentally taking their parents’ prescription painkillers every year — leading to serious medical issues.
A report was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows an increasing number of children under 6 are being exposed to lortab, vicodin, percocet or oxycontin. Continue Reading Children facing increased risk of drug poisoning

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Which is better — an SUV or a subcompact?
While one gets better gas mileage, it could also be contributing to higher insurance costs because of increased medical claims.
The Insurance Research Council researched the connection between lighter vehicles which get better gas mileage and larger vehicles which perform better in crash tests. They’ve found that the small cars are more dangerous — which could lead to higher insurance rates. Continue Reading Injuries in small automobiles equal higher medical bills

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